bone-dry clay repair 9.21.2017

I made another coil-built vessel out of porcelain clay (you can view a similar pot I made earlier this year here.) After the latest piece was bone-dry, which means all moisture has evaporated from the clay and it’s ready to be bisque fired, I picked it up to dust off any teeny bits of clay…

unicorn cup – fin 9.7.2017

I wrote about the work-in-progress (wip) unicorn cups in this post. And at long last, they’re fin (the French and Spanish word for “end”, which I’ve seen used so often in foreign films, and I always like to use that term if I have the opportunity;) Here are pics of the finished pieces. These were…

unicorn cup – wip 8.3.2017

My latest work in progress, or WIP, is a two-handled unicorn cup. I threw the cup on the potters wheel, and attached rolled-out coils of clay for the handles. Once the clay was hardened up enough to carve – but not too dry – I started the unicorn decoration. I’ll post photos of the final…

santa fe: ceramic galleries 7.6.2017

I recently returned from  a week in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico, traveling with three friends who, like me, have a love for art and nature. Where I live, in Madison, Wisconsin, it’s hot and humid right now, so the dry heat of the southwest was a welcome relief! It’s a beautiful part of…

porcelain vessel 6.1.2017

I bought my first bag of porcelain clay a couple months ago and have been hand-building a few pots at my home studio (which I’ve tentatively named Atelier Imsland;) ) Rumor has it the porcelain is “fussy” but I’ve had no problems with it… yet. Perhaps because I’m fussy about all my pots! Here’s my…

another wire bowl 5.25.2017

Here’s my latest wire bowl, made with red clay and used kiln wire. This is the 4th bowl I’ve created in this style. It’s hand built from coils of red stoneware clay, then I push half-round pieces of used kiln wire into the clay before it dries. I leave the outside of the bowl unglazed. You…

story of the stuck lid 5.11.2017

A couple months ago I enrolled in a one-night session of a handbuilding class at Midwest Clay Project. The guest teacher was Rachelle Miller from Hands In Clay (who is a great teacher, by the way!) She focused the class on lids, and that night I made this beautiful piece. The glaze is Coyote Opal,…